Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - Chris Ri­ley

MAYBE it’s just me, but Holden’s Cap­tiva range is start­ing to look bet­ter with age.

While the price of tra­di­tional foe the Hyundai Santa Fe has crept up a notch, Holden has man­aged to keep a tight rein on Cap­tiva prices.

In fact they were cut by up to $2500 re­cently which, com­bined with other im­prove­ments, con­tinue to make Cap­tiva great value for money.

The five-seat Cap­tiva is priced from $25,990 or the seven-seat model from $29,990. Our test car, the top of the range seven-seat all-wheel drive LTZ diesel, comes in at $40,990 – $2500 less than it used to be.

Along with a price cut Holden has also re­named the grades, with LS, LT and LTZ re­plac­ing SX, CX and LX.

The LTZ comes with all the fruit in­clud­ing leather and cli­mate air, heated front seats, eight-way power ad­just driver’s seat, key­less en­try and start, cruise con­trol, elec­tric park­ing brake, auto lights and in­te­rior mir­ror (but not wipers), seven-inch touch­screen with Blue­tooth, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and 8speaker au­dio with USB and AUX in­puts.

Cap­tiva has re­ceived a de­sign touchup. Styling changes in­clude a restyled front fas­cia and grille, while the rear has also been up­dated with re­designed chrome ex­haust tips and new LED tail­lights.

Both Cap­tiva 7 LT and LTZ have new in­te­grated side steps, while the LT has new 18-inch al­loy wheels.

Driver con­ve­nience is en­hanced on all Cap­tiva 7 mod­els with the in­tro­duc­tion of sen­sor key tech­nol­ogy, with pas­sive en­try and start as a stan­dard fea­ture.

The 2.2-litre turbo diesel pro­duces 135kW and 400Nm, the lat­ter from 2000 revs, and the diesel is paired with a sixspeed au­to­matic that pro­vides the op­tion to change gears man­u­ally if de­sired.

Good to see the en­gine fea­tures a tim­ing chain rather than a fi­bre belt which con­trib­utes to lower main­te­nance costs.

The all-wheel drive sys­tem func­tions in front-wheel drive mode most of the time.

As soon as the sys­tem de­tects a loss of trac­tion, the rear wheels come into play via an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled clutch to en­sure op­ti­mum trac­tion.

The LTZ rolls on 19-inch al­loys with 235/50 se­ries rub­ber.

Rated at 8.3 litres/100km, we were get­ting 8.5 litres/100km af­ter more than 500km. It gets five stars for safety. Six airbags are stan­dard, along with Elec­tronic Trac­tion and Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC), Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS), Elec­tronic Brake­force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), Hy­draulic Brake As­sist (HBA), Ac­tive Rollover Pro­tec­tion (ARP) and De­scent Con­trol Sys­tem (DCS).

Front and rear park sen­sors are also stan­dard along with a re­verse cam­era.

You still get nav­i­ga­tion with a dig­i­tal speedome­ter and speed warn­ings, but your cur­rent speed is dis­played in the right hand cor­ner of the com­puter screen rather than in the mid­dle of the dash.

There’s no spare wheel. Get a flat and you’re stuck with a can of goo and re­in­fla­tion kit.

The Cap­tiva 7 LTZ seats seven and does ev­ery­thing you need for an at­trac­tive price.

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